By Anna-kaisa Walker
So you cart your groceries home in cloth bags – congrats. But those hemp totes are probably made in China. These stretchy bags of hope ($15 to $25 U.S.) are made by Hurricane Katrina survivors, and five percent of profits goes toward helping NOLA’s homeless.
They may be more expensive than IKEA, but Mio Culture’s Naked Line particleboard cabinets, made from waste wood, are free of formaldehyde and toxic veneers, making them way more eco-friendly (price upon request).
Green Design Studio, 171 E Liberty St
American footwear company TOMS’s raison d’être is its buy-one-give-one policy. Pick up a pair of these comfy vegan wrap-around boots ($130), inspired by Argentine polo horses’ bright leg bandages, and TOMS donates another pair of shoes to a child in need.
Green is Black, 624 Yonge St
Any colour, so long as it’s green
Yolo Colorhouse’s high-performance, nature- inspired pigments ($40 to $50) are the best eco-friendly paints on the market. They contain no VOCs, which deplete the ozone layer, stink up your house and cause migraines.
Pro Glo Paints, 943 Queen St E; Green Design Studio, 171 E Liberty St